How is the City reducing the deer population?

The City has entered into a Cooperative Services Agreement with USDA Wildlife Services to conduct the removal. USDA Wildlife Services biologists highly trained in the use of firearms (guns) will be removing up to 50 deer* this winter from a variety of City parks during intermittent weekday evening/night closures. The firearms being used have noise suppression, but residents near parks may still hear shots.

*Please note that while the City’s initial MDNR permit was for up to 50 deer, an addendum was issued by the MDNR on Jan. 20 revising the permit for up to 70 deer. This change was requested based on the level of deer activity in the parks on the first night of removal.

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1. Why is the City of East Lansing (City) reducing the deer population?
2. How is the City reducing the deer population?
3. What is happening with the venison from the removal?
4. When and where is this work taking place?
5. What is being done to ensure safety?
6. I didn’t think that hunting with a firearm was allowed within 450 feet of a residence without written permission of the owner. How is the City able to perform this deer removal?
7. Are there other communities in Michigan that have removed deer by firearms?
8. Will deer removal be an annual activity in East Lansing's parks?
9. I understand that the deer removal has been completed as of Jan. 22. How many deer were removed from each park?